Strategy Analytics: Apple top phone maker in US for Q4

01 February, 2013 | Comments (54) | Post your comment

Tags: Android, iOS, Samsung, Apple, LG

Android and iOS are locked in a tug-of-war that has been going on for a few years and competing OSes are falling to the wayside. Samsung (the biggest Android player) and Apple (the only iOS gadget maker) are busy fighting it out too and Strategy Analytics is keeping score.

In the US, Apple became the top phone vendor during the Q4 – that’s a first for the company. It shipped 17.7 million phones for a whopping 34% of the market (a big jump from 25% in Q4 2011).

Samsung took second place in Q4 with 16.8 million phones shipped. Looking at the whole year, however, Samsung takes top place with 53 million phones over Apple’s 43.7 million. LG is third with 20.5 million (4.7 million of which were shipped in the last quarter of 2012).

United States Mobile Phone Shipments (Millions of Units)
Source: Strategy Analytics

Q4 '11

2011

Q4 '12

2012

Apple

12.8

29.7

17.7

43.7

Samsung

13.5

52.3

16.8

53.0

LG

6.9

30.5

4.7

20.5

Others

17.1

74.3

12.8

49.7

Total

50.2

186.8

52.0

166.9


All three companies shipped more phone in Q4 last year than they did in Q4 2011 and the market grew 4% year over year. However, the previous three quarters were weak and the market contracted from 186.8 million phones for the whole 2011 to 166.9 million in 2012 (that’s for feature and smart phones).

Anyway, the smartphone wars are even more intense in China – there Android and iOS conquered 98% of the smartphone market in Q4. Of that, Android holds a dominant position with 86%, while iOS has 12%. Note that Android numbers include lots of modified versions specific to the Chinese market.

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Strategy Analytics: Apple top phone maker in US for Q4 - reader comments

  • SubMaister

Apples such called iPhones are being crushed by Samsungs Galaxy S series only, so think again if you say that there is some competition between Android and Apple. p.s. nokia is a sinking ship and apple is trying(but no success yet)to fix their h...

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  • 2013-02-03 10:08
  • nYRK
  • Anonymous

LOL! what? Nice spin. Samsung, Sony, Moto, LG, Huawei, ZTE, Micromax, HTC and whoever else decides to make a device are not interchangeable. They're business competitors not friends. Only Google really cares about Android vs iOS.

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  • 2013-02-02 17:02
  • j@}2
  • OOPS

there are big difference between model & brand . always model will change & depends on buyers.. but brand never loss its value

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  • 2013-02-02 16:16
  • P@T}